U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis demands answers about medical care at the Aurora Detention Facility

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Boulder, June 21, 2018 | comments
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is raising questions about the privately-run immigrant detention facility in Aurora after a number of complaints described egregious and insufficient medical and mental health care at the facility.

“President Trump’s deportation machine is completely reliant on private prisons, and the conditions within some of these facilities are shocking and unacceptable. Recent reports describe horrific lapses in medical care that have caused an unacceptable level of suffering and even death - even right in our own backyard at the Aurora facility. Private companies should not profit off of misery while violating the constitutional guarantee of due process. This is unacceptable, and I’m determined to get the answers we all deserve,” said Polis.

Polis specifically points to the deaths of Evalin-Ali Mandza, a Gabonese citizen, in 2012 - and Kamyar Samimi, an Iranian citizen, 2017. In the Mandza case, evidence shows that care was delayed, and in the Samimi case, details of care were flagrantly withheld.

There are several other cases that did not result in death, but prompted Polis’s questions, as well. For example, Abdo was locked away in solitary confinement without sufficient regard for his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that he suffered from the civil war in South Sudan. Another detainee, Magda, received delayed care for Tuberculosis, putting the entire facility at risk.

Polis is demanding a plan of action from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detailing how it will ensure that the privately-run facility provides adequate care. He is also demanding a report detailing the level of expertise and training of medical staff.

Read Polis’s entire letter to ICE.  

About Polis:

Polis has been a consummate champion for fixing our broken immigration system to align with American values since joining Congress.  In October 2013, he introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill that would have improved national security, streamlined our country’s guest worker system, and created a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented individuals.  The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would have reduced the deficit by nearly $200 billion over ten years.  The Senate companion of this landmark bill passed in June 2013 and was widely heralded as one of the most significant attempts at comprehensive immigration reform in decades.  He is also the co-chair of the Congressional Mexico Friendship Caucus.

Prior to serving in Congress, Polis founded The New America School - a network of charter schools in several states serving new immigrants and English-language learners.


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